Just playing at my local club competition, I duffed my drive, it went about 10 yards (embarrassing) - got out my 3 wood and smacked the hell out of it to make up for lost yards - it was a cloudy day and I knew I hit it true and up the guts but lost sight of it. I get up to my group and they reckon it faded and was probably in the pond - I was adamant it couldn't be in the wet but after 2 minutes searching in the area near the lateral hazard I was basically pressured to declare it lost although I did not officially say anything I merely turned back and headed for the tee to take my third (and what would have been my 5th) shot.
I'm afraid you lost me both with your count but the location of your next shot as well.
First, you may not return to the tee as you already played your ball from somewhere else. Should you have gone back to the tee you would have been playing from a wrong place and propably also committed a serious breach.
Second, in my count you were hitting your 4th shot, not 5th:
- 1. tee shot
- 2. shot from wherever
- 3. penalty for lost ball
- 4. next shot as close as possible from 'wherever'